Carlos Iglesias in greenhouse

Carlos Iglesias to Serve on USDA Advisory Board

Carlos Iglesias, director of the Plant Breeding Consortium, is reappointed to the USDA’s National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory

Craig Yencho speaks with a crop researcher in Africa

Craig Yencho Earns 2024 O. Max Gardner Award

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor and internationally acclaimed plant breeder has received the University of North Carolina System’s highest faculty honor.

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Doctoral Students Tackle Impactful Research

Nicole Choquette and Emmanuel Lozada-Soto were recently named the recipients of the 2024 Kenneth R. Keller Research Award for excellence in doctoral dissertation research.


Growing a Homerun Peanut

Nearly all of the peanuts we munch on at major and minor league baseball games came from the peanut breeding program at NC State University.

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7th Biennial Plant Breeding Symposium

Join the Plant Breeding Symposium on Thursday, February 1, 2024, in Talley Student Union. Five diverse speakers address "Breeding for Balance: Plant and Human Wellbeing”.

All Hopped Up

Get ready for a truly homegrown brew as breeders work to create hops plants that can thrive in North Carolina.

Craig Yencho and Mercy Kitavi work with sweet potato samples in a lab in Nairobi, Kenya.

A Patented Winner

The National Academy of Inventors named NC State University’s Craig Yencho a 2023 fellow for his contributions to improved sweetpotato and potato breeding and genetics, with an impact reaching from North Carolina to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Luping Qu in hops field

North Carolina Hops Are Happenin’

More than 350 craft breweries call North Carolina home. Discover how NC State is breeding better hops to help fuel the state’s craft beer boo

flooded soybean field

USDA-ARS Releases Novel Flood-Tolerant Soybean Germplasm

Ben Fallen and the USDA-ARS Soybean Nitrogen Fixation Research Unit has released the first maturity group (MG) VI flood-tolerant soybean line with commercially competitive yield and elevated seed oil.

Ramsey Lewis with greenhouse tobacco plants

A New Leaf in Tobacco Breeding

Tobacco is still a major North Carolina cash crop. Ramsey Lewis’ modern Nicotiana research ranges from the agronomic improvement of commercial varieties to the genus’ broader use as a model plant.